How to master a harp quartet demo recording

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In this article, we will see how to make a quick mastering for a harp quartet demo recording.

The recording we took as an example is a test we did last month in a simulation of the Tonhalle Kleiner Saal in Zurich. Only one stereo pair of hanging microphones was used to capture all four harps. You can find more information about this recording on this page:

Mastering is a step that offers a lot of possibilities in the choice of techniques and equipments, but today we will only use an eq to improve the sound of the original recording.

The equalizer that we are going to use is the Brainworx bx_hybrid V2 that allows you to have both digital features and analog sound.

Here a screenshot of our settings:

The first thing we did was to apply a 32 Hz high-pass filter to remove frequencies that were not needed for the sound we were looking for. Then we cut around 150 Hz to lower the bass, and around 350 Hz to reduce muddiness and get more clarity. The last thing we did is booster to 11 Hz to give a little more air to the recording.

Here, the raw recording audio excerpt:

Here, the mastering audio excerpt with bx_hybrid V2 engaged:

In conclusion, the sound we got for this demo recording of harps is now clearer with more definition, which has also had the effect of giving more space to each instrument.



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